Frock Flicks Free-for-All June


You asked for it, so here’s an occasional open thread to bitch about anything tangentially related to history, costume, movies, or TV shows! Or whatever else is on your mind right now. Note that URLs are automatically held for moderation, but most anything else goes as long as you’re not bitchier than we are!

Summertime, and the living is easy. We’ll be taking a little time off here and there, but we’ll try to keep the snark rolling as much as we can.

The Durrells in Corfu (2016)



What’s up with you? What are you watching and what do you recommend?


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21 Responses

  1. Patricia Carson

    ‘Summertime, and the living is easy.’ – which means you have to watch “Enchanted April”. Also good for miserable Novembers and Februaries. Wonderful film, fine actors, Italian Riviera, leisured pace, lovely costumes, and my boyfriend Michael Kitchen – this film has it all.

  2. Black Betty (Bamalam)

    I’m excited for this new HBO series byJulian Fellowes that explores the lives of aristocrats in the 1880s. The costumes (to my untrained eye) look amazing, and I can’t wait to see what Frock Flicks has to say about it!

    I gotta give some side eye to referring to Sheryl Lee Ralph as a “rising star”. Sis has BEEN as star.

    • Roxana

      That’s the one with the black Anne? I could actually go with that if the actress gets the character. I suspect however, like the MQS picture the ethnicity of the actress will be the least of it’s problems!

  3. Elviira Pulli

    Have been binge watching “Marple” episodes and knitting socks. I don’t usually agree with
    (stupid) changes made to the books, but hair, makeup and costumes are usually spot on.

    • Fran in NYC

      Which Marple are you watching, Joan Hinson, Geraldine McEwan or Julia McKenzie? I prefer Hinson myself.

      • Elviira Pulli

        McEwan and McKenzie mostly. Originally I preferred McEwan as Marple, but McKenzie has grown on me. Hickson is most faithful to the books, though.

        • MoHub

          Christie’s grandson said Hickson totally nailed it. BTW, Christie hated Margaret Rutherford’s portrayal.

    • Roxana

      The ridiculous and unnecessary changes, including altering characters, adding subplots and even changing the criminal! Drive me nuts!! But I do love Geraldine MacEwan’s dotty Jane Marple! Hickson of course is more true to the books.

    • Katie O.

      I love Marple! Obviously some eps are better than others – The Sittaford Mystery episode is very annoying to me, considering how little they kept – but it’s great comfort TV.

  4. Brandy

    Death and Nightingale is another tragic victim of The Great Haitpin Shortage.

  5. Saraquill

    I’ve been watching plenty of CosTubers, and am trying to support more PoC channels. My list so far has Sewstine, Samantha Bullat, Latina Living History, Not Your Mama’s History, Costuming in Color, and Claire Zhang. Other recommendations are super welcome.

    • Black Betty (Bamalam)

      Ooooooh, thanks for this list! I just discovered Not Your Mama’s History, and now you’ve given me more to check out. :)

  6. Vee

    Just watched Channel 5’s ‘Anne Boleyn’…Oh dear, oh dear.
    The acting is woeful, if Cromwell had a moustache he’d twiddle it, Jane Seymour has embraced the ‘mega-bitch’ persona and Anne’s over the top emoting and angst – before being tried & condemned I might add – is deeply irritating.
    The costumes ?…don’t get me started.

  7. Brittany Clayton

    About to start watching Sweet Tooth on Netflix. I’ve been enjoying the old episodes of the Twilight Zone. Dodododo
    Love the 1940-1950s styles the women wear on the originals.

  8. Lily Lotus Rose

    I’ve been watching season 1 of Supergirl, not historical I know, but superhero costumes! Yay! Other than that, I binged The Nevers. I really loved it, but I need a re-watch to take it all in and then go comment on that thread. Gotta give a shout out to FrockFlicks for turning me on to that show, because I had never heard of it before. Also, I started watching the Starz show Pennyworth–another show about a DC character (what’s up with me? I don’t even like comic books!). Anyway, it takes place in an alternate “comic book” universe that’s based on 60s London. What I’ve seen is good, it just got darker in tone so I backed off for a while. I’d love to hear your takes on the costuming in that show. Anyway, I will definitely get back into it because my boyfriend, James Purefoy, is in season 2–and I will watch anything he’s in. Speaking of…I’m due for a re-watch of Rome and A Discovery of Witches. Fans self!!